The Essex, Vermont s Culinary Resort & Spa, has expanded its management team by hiring a leading statewide tourism sales executive. Dave Hakins, former Executive Director of the Vermont Convention Bureau (VCB) and Vermont Sports & Events Council (VSEC), has joined The Essex as Director of Business Development. We re fortunate to attract a sales pro of Dave s caliber and experience to introduce new sales programs and to identify new markets to leverage our exciting assets, said Jim Glanville, Vice President & General Manager of The Essex. We plan to prosper in this difficult environment by continuing to make smart hiring and expansion decisions. Before leading VCB and VSEC, Hakins was Director of Sales and Promotion for the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing in Governor Jim Douglas administration. Hakins is a member of the Management Committee of the Vermont Hospitality Council, member of the Champlain College adjunct faculty in Hospitality Industry Management, lectures on hospitality management at the University of Vermont, and writes and speaks extensively on group travel, conference-planning and event-marketing. Before returning to his native Vermont a few years ago, Hakins was CEO of a nationally acclaimed meeting, conference and event-planning firm in New Jersey with a Fortune 100 client roster for nearly 20 years and Vice President of Corporate Promotion for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for eight years prior.Source: The Essex.
Steve Bruce is convinced David Moyes will bring the good times back to Manchester United, provided he is given time to do the job. “We all hope to be given the time because it’s difficult to turn things around in weeks,” he said. “You need to get your own team together, to have your beliefs and principles. “With transfers windows now you can’t turn it around overnight, you’ve only got a certain time to bring new players in and let players out. “When any club is in transition it is always difficult and that’s normal.” But Bruce, who once harboured his own ambitions to replace Ferguson, thinks he can succeed if United stick by their six-year contract with the former Everton boss. “It’s particularly tough for David, but make no mistake, they’ll turn it around,” said Bruce. “Even the really top class managers like David need time to stamp their authority on it. “All of us in the game knew that whoever was going to follow Sir Alex was in for a difficult time. “David has found it difficult, but given time, with the experience he’s got, he will turn it around, I’m convinced of that. “I’m sure Manchester United will give him time. In their past and their history they’ve always done that and I’m sure that will never change.” Moyes’ inability to overhaul the squad last summer is seen as a key reason for his current travails, but the acquisition of record signing Juan Mata in January hinted at better things. Bruce, for one, never expected Moyes to revamp Ferguson’s title-winners inside just one season. Former Red Devils skipper Bruce, now in charge of Hull, has watched Moyes struggle all season with the task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, with Sunday’s 2-2 draw against bottom club Fulham the latest disappointment. With their title defence stalled and a Champions League berth now looking unlikely, Moyes is facing a battle to prove his credentials. Press Association